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Byrd's Barham Key in Win Versus Haughton
March 20, 2019, 2:20 pm

 Somehow Charlie Barham just keeps on giving back to Byrd athletics. We all know about his well-chronicled success on the football field, but Tuesday night it was all about the diamond.
The senior spent most of the night on the base paths as his Jackets rolled to a 7-4 victory over Haughton at The Hive in the District 1-5A opener for both clubs. A return battle is slated for Thursday on the Buccaneers’ side of the river.
Barham had a near perfect night at the plate, with a double, single and two walks, scoring three runs for a Byrd team that’s been hot and cold this season -- but that has won 4 of its last 5. Barham also made an incredible over-the-shoulder catch to end the Haughton’s side of the fifth with a runner at third

Byrd’s big blow came from Julie DeLeon in the third inning. DeLeon, who had hit a rope for a line drive out to Carter Griffin in the first, came to the plate with Barham aboard and the Jackets trailing Haughton 3-0. He roped another offering over the right field fence to trim the deficit to 3-2.
“It was a fast ball in, sir,” DeLeon said postgame. “Our pitching did really well and our hitting is starting to do well.”
Byrd would tie the game on an RBI bunt single by Matthew Randall in that inning, then went in front 4-3 in the fourth when Barham walked and scored on a single by DeLeon. The Bucs would tie the game in the fifth on singles by Brock Breed and Peyton Stovall.
In the fifth, however, Haughton’s pitching staff lost focus in finding the plate. Three different Bucs walked five Jackets with three of the walks forcing in runs. Byrd scored three runs on just one single by Barham.
“We didn’t handle the leadoff battle all night and our pitching imploded,” Haughton coach Glenn Maynor said. 
Quarterback and second baseman Peyton Stovall had a nice night at the plate for the Bucs going 3 for 4 with three RBIs and a double. The loss comes after Haughton swept through four top Arkansas teams last week without a loss.
“We pitched good. we hit good. We did all the right things in all those games,” Stovall said. “We came in tonight knowing we were going to have to play well because Byrd’s a good team. We walked some people and kind of got ourselves in a hole and we couldn’t come through with timely hits.”
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